GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is seeking a suitable candidate to fulfil the role of a research assistant in ocean-ecosystem modelling. This position is devoted to understanding the relations of biogeochemical cycling, higher trophic levels (especially anchovy) and environmental conditions in the Humboldt upwelling system, with the specific goal to investigate energy fluxes amongst trophic levels and the sensitivity of the system to climate variability, based on an “end-to-end” model approach.
The main task will be the implementation of an individuum-based fish model in an existing regional ocean circulation-biogeochemical model, and to evaluate this newly developed end-to-end model framework. The long-term goal of this work is to assess the short to long term temporal variability of fish productivity and its relationship to primary productivity and biogeochemical cycling under IPCC climate scenarios for the 21st century.
Applicants must hold a Master or PhD in marine sciences or a related field, preferably with a strong background in biological oceanography and climate modelling. Knowledge of a programming tool for data analysis and visualization is required, and proficiency in Fortran or Java is highly beneficial.